If I ssh to a machine and:

man df

I see this:

enter image description here

I'm using GNOME-terminal/Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

So somehow the terminal is messed up, when I want to see the ex.: man pages..

How can I fix this?

  • Have you checked the color palette settings for your gnome-terminal profile?
    – user13742
    Commented Sep 4, 2012 at 19:14

2 Answers 2


Most probably the terminfo/termcap entry for $TERM on the remote system doesn't match the capabilities of your gnome terminal.

Try setting $TERM to something closer to gnome-terminal, maybe some variations of "xterm", or you could always revert to "vt100".


It's failing to show underlined and bold text. This is sometimes related to the color scheme in use, as it's inherited from the system theme by default. In gnome-terminal, go to Edit -> Profile Preferences -> Colors. Uncheck "Use colors from system theme" and pick one of the built-in schemes instead. Works for me!™


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